What’s On: May

Top Exhibitions and Events in Greater Manchester this May

We have another month with plenty of Bank Holiday’s ahead of us, so why not use that time to do something arty. We have listed a whole bunch of art events for you to attend in Greater Manchester that are happening this May.


Image credit: https://rastudios.co.uk/drawing-in-breathing-out/

DRAWING-IN-BREATHING-OUT explores the realms between the drawn and performed mark and gesture through a variety of provocations and modes of practice. The artists in the exhibition utilise a number of active and traced drawing processes throughout their practices from the animated to the bodily.

Expanded drawing practices are captured from moments of everyday life, journeys through specific sites of history and narrative, documenting live psychological states-of-mind, re-living and reflecting on moments of trauma or drawing trapped in its own existence, all with a sense of playfulness and unpredictability.

Rogue Artist Studios | Every Saturday 1-4pm – 21st May – 3rd Sep 2022



Image credit: http://www.awol-studios.co.uk/comme-ca-art-x-awol-studios-open-call/

Comme Ca Art and AWOL Studios invited submissions from artists living within the Greater Manchester area, working in any 2D & 3D media, video, sound or performance for a collaborative Open Call Exhibition.

AWOL Studios is a buzzing, creative hub in the heart of Ancoats. Boasting a simple philosophy; accommodating and supporting creatives from all backgrounds, regardless of discipline, practise or experience. AWOL is home to fine artists, fashion designers, tattooists, filmmakers, writers, jewellers, theatre performers, sculptors, photographers and many more, providing a safe and secure base for Manchester-based artists.

AWOL Studios | 29th April – 31st May


British Art Show 9: Various Locations

Image credit: https://britishartshow9.co.uk/whats-on/manchester/

Exhibiting at 4 Venues, The Whitworth, HOME, Castlefield Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery; over the span of 4 months, British Art Show 9 explores three overarching themes – healing, care and reparative history; tactics for togetherness; and imagining new futures. Each of the four exhibitions will also adapt to local contexts. In Manchester the exhibition will engage with the evolving nature of work and the ongoing struggle to shape a new social contract.

The Whitworth; HOME; Castlefield Gallery; Manchester Art Gallery | 13th May – 4th Sep


Art Battle Manchester: Victoria Warehouse

Image credit: http://artbattle.co.uk/

Art Battle Manchester XIX will feature 10 new artists taking centre stage hosting their events at a new location each year, making the move underground The Cellars at Victoria Warehouse has been chosen to host this edition’s event. The crowd of event goers will watch painters, illustrators, tattooists and street artists go head-to-head in what has been described as Manchester’s most energetic art event. Artists will have only 30 minutes to create a masterpiece – YOU will decide who is crowned Champion. Featuring art, live music and a hint of the unexpected.

Victoria Warehouse | 20th May 7pm | £15


Cotton On MCR ‘In Manchester’ Exhibition: Barbirolli Square

Here is our next huge event! ‘In Manchester’ exhibition is another way for us to really show off how varied and incredible Manchester’s art scene is. We invited all Greater Manchester based artists to submit work. This was open to everyone; hobbyists, students, graduates, amateurs and professionals alike. At this exhibition we will be hosting a private view for press and artists on Wednesday 18th May, and the exhibition will launch to the public Thursday 19th May.

We also hope to host some artist talks, more information on that will be provided at a later date.

100 Barbirolli Square | 19th May – 5th June


If you have any exhibitions or events coming up in May that you’d like us to mention, get in touch via our Contact page!

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